All The Single Ladies – Write Your HEA’s! [REPOST]

~ By Melina Kantor  We’ve all heard romance authors say some version of this before, right? “I’d like to thank my husband. It’s because of him that I’m able to write happy endings.” It’s a sweet sentiment, and a very nice thing to say during a RITA acceptance speech or in an anniversary wish on Facebook. Maybe, for these authors, getting married was a path to writing romance. As long as they aren’t giving their husbands credit for their own accomplishments as writers, that’s great. They’re lucky women. But we single romance writers can also write heartwarming, gorgeous, happy...

Craft Books and the Creative Process [REPOST]

~ By Win Day Note: This post originally appeared here.  I love to watch people work. No, it’s not that I’m lazy, or that I just want to sit on the sidelines of life. But I really enjoy watching someone do something they do well. Especially when it’s something I don’t know how to do myself. It doesn’t matter what that something is. On a recent 5+ hour flight the teenaged girl next to me braided and rebraided her long straight hair maybe a dozen times, each time a little differently. Since my hair is frizzy curly and doesn’t lend itself...

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello Everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day! As a special treat, here are a few Valentine’s Day classic moments for you. Hopefully, they’ll spark some writing. Can you turn these into writing prompts? 30 Rock: Friends: How I Met Your Mother: Charlie Brown: A Bonus:   What are your favorite Valentine’s Day TV moments? Leave a comment and let us know.  Don’t forget to make time to show your manuscript some love this weekend!

Rejection. . . [REPOST]

~ By Peggy Jaeger What’s a 9 letter word for: refusal, dismissal, forsaking? Here’s a hint: the answer starts with an r, can make you cry your eyes out, and eat an entire package of Milano cookies in one sitting. Make that 2 packages. Got it yet? Yup. REJECTION. As a writer I’ve experienced my fair share of rejection from everyone from editors to literary agents, to publishers. I‘ve had synopses discarded, proposals denounced, queries snubbed, and outlines slighted. I’ve been rejected in person, in print, in emails, in snail-mail, via phone and even once in a text. The first time I’d ever...

Promotion – You have to. You can’t not. . .

Hello Readers! How many times have you heard a writer talk about how they’ve always been a writer? How many times have you heard writers say they wrote their first book because they had to, they couldn’t not? How many times have you heard a writer talk about how they always wanted to get into marketing and promotion? Sure, some writers are natural marketers and promoters. In fact, writing is a major part of marketing. But, it’s not romance writing, and for many of us, it’s a necessary chore we have to learn how to do. We have to...

8 things about Garth Brooks that might change the way you write

~ By Susan Meier Note: This post originally appeared here.  This is a blog I posted about a year ago…I read it (to remind myself of a few things) and realized this was some perfect “new year/new start” advice… Happy New Year! Enjoy! … A few weeks ago, I had a bad cold and spent a Saturday and Sunday in bed. If you know anything about weekend TV, you know I was bored to the point of tears and ended up watching a “special” about Garth Brooks. But, man, am I ever glad I did. The show was designed so that...

Interview With Book Reviewer Kathy Heare Watts

Note: This week, chapter member Jeff Salter had the opportunity to interview book reviewer Kathy Heare Watts, and has kindly shared some of the interview for us to post here.  Thank you, Jeff, for giving us this valuable view into the mind of a reviewer! You can find the full interview here.  If you have any questions for Jeff or Kathy, leave a comment.  Take it away, Jeff!      Lots of people will occasionally review a story they’ve read, but Kathy Heare Watts has tackled book reviewing as though it’s a mission! One thing (besides sales) that all...

Goal Setting in 2016

~ PJ Sharon  PJ Sharon, here. As a published author with seven novels, a novella, a short story, a box set, and a non-fiction healthy lifestyle book (about to be released), I can say without a doubt that setting goals is essential to success. At the very least, setting goals will help you focus and keep you moving toward manifesting your dreams. It may also help you keep your sanity along the way. First, let me start by saying that “resolutions” are futile and “goals” are more like guidelines. Giving yourself absolutes is a sure way to set yourself...

Happy Holidays!

Hello Everyone, I hope you’re all in a warm, cozy place that’s conducive to lots of reading (and maybe some writing)! In case you find yourself with time on your hands, here are some things you to read. 1. These holiday posts by chapter members:  Bring on the Holidays, Chris Bailey A Christmas Romance Virgin No More, Sarah Vance-Tompkins It’s a Family Tradition, Jim Cangany 2. Publishing Trends of 2015 And, finally, a writing prompt:  Your protagonist is on a vacation during holiday season. She comes across an item, song or food that makes her nostalgic, in the most unexpected...

Mary Altman, Sourcebooks – Pitch Contest Winners!!!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the pitch contest with editor Mary Altman from Sourcebooks! Also a huge thanks to Mary for visiting us and offering such a great opportunity!   WINNERS: Title: Under African Skies Author: Courtney Sheets Comments: I don’t think I could have slammed my hand down on the YES button faster. In fact, I am 99% positive I will have to fight my co-worker over who gets to read this. (I plan to fight dirty.) Instructions: Please send the full, a 2-3 page synopsis, and a general idea of what you think book 2 and book 3 would look like tomary.altman@sourcebooks.com...

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